Goodyear has confirmed it is to close its plant in Wolverhampton despite calls by the workers, unions, the city council and local MP Emma Reynolds for them to reconsider. Emma said: “I am saddened to hear about Goodyear’s decision to go ahead with closing its Wolverhampton factory. It is devastating news for the workers and their families, and terrible news for our city.”

The factory has been here for nearly 90 years and Goodyear is an iconic Wolverhampton brand. The planned closure comes as a bitter blow.

“Since the company’s original proposals were announced in June, I have been working with the workforce and Unite to put pressure on the company to think again and I have called on the government to get involved.”

“It is absolutely vital now to ensure that every employee gets help, training and support to move on to another job. I am part of the Taskforce which Wolverhampton City Council is leading to organise this support.”

October 2015